Early morning call out for Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew had two early morning call outs on Saturday 6 October 2018 following reports of two missing persons.

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Tobermory RNLI lifeboat

Stornoway Coastguard requested that the lifeboat launch shortly after 7am following a report that a person had failed to return from a night out in Tobermory. As the volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station, they were stood down when the man was found to be safe and well ashore.

An hour later, concerns were raised for the man’s brother and Stornoway Coastguard again requested the assistance of the lifeboat. When information was received that the man might be on a vessel in Tobermory Bay, Tobermory’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, was launched to investigate with a Police Scotland officer aboard. The man was found to be aboard the vessel and was safely brought ashore.

Tobermory RNLI’s Station Mechanic, Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn said: ‘We’re pleased that there was a good outcome this morning. If anyone has any concerns about a missing person at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

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